Last May I traveled to England, Belgium and France with three other professors from Southwest Minnesota State University and 20 students on a Global Studies voyage. We had studied the relationship between England and France in a Global Studies Seminar all semester, and we visited key historical locations we had covered in the seminar. Two of the most powerful experiences were visiting Churchill's War Rooms and the D-Day beaches in Normandy. Today I read a New York Times article by David Brooks in which he cites outstanding essays from the past year. The one that caught my attention was "Finest Hours: The Making of Winston Churchill" by Adam Gopnik, in the Aug. 30 issue of The New Yorker. As someone fascinated by the power of language, I was intrigued by this fresh take on the complexity of Winston Churchill's legacy and his use of rhetoric to galvanize a particular audience at a particular moment in time. A great historical essay. Thumbs up to Brooks for his selection.
I love to play with words. To capture moments on the page. To explore the physical and spiritual geography of what I call "fly-over country." I write from imagination, observation and my own experience of wandering in fly-over country--the literal, physical spaces of my life on the Minnesota prairie and the inner territory of the soul.